No one wants to imagine having cancer. A ‘positive’ (high) PSA result can have a distressing impact on patients and their families, causing unnecessary fear and worry – you may have experienced this personally. Even worse, a false negative can mean aggressive tumours are not caught early enough, which can be fatal.
Right now, researchers are developing new, more accurate screening tests for prostate cancer.
Why? To address the alarming number of false negatives and false positives that arise with Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) testing, which is currently the primary screening test for prostate cancer worldwide.
This exciting research will help combat aggressive cancer with more accurate diagnosis.
If you or someone you love, has undergone PSA testing you would know that it can only detect certain types of tumours. You will be pleased to know there is a better way, and our researchers are so close to making it possible.
With more than 30 years’ experience in medical research Professor Doug Brooks is an expert in his field and is committed to improving the odds for Australian men.
His exciting research will result in earlier detection and more accurate prognosis of prostate cancer.
This research is world-class and is set to save and improve the lives of so many men and their families.
“We are ambitious in terms of what we are trying to do, which is to revolutionise the field,” Prof Brooks says.
“The outcome we all want is to diagnose patients accurately and to enable them to be told whether they have prostate cancer, how advanced it is, and whether they need some radical intervention – at an early stage.”
To further enhance and fast-track Prof Brooks research, Australian Prostate Cancer, in partnership with The Hospital Research Foundation has recently granted the University of South Australia a significant grant to purchase a 3D Histech Pannoramic confocal scanner.
This is only possible thanks to the generous support from committed donors like you.
This new piece of equipment is a “game changer” and gives researchers the tools to be able accurately visualise the prostate cancer and determine which patients need immediate radical intervention – to reduce unnecessary surgery and improve treatment outcomes.
As you know, medical research takes time and money, with your kind gift you ensure more researchers can make the most of this exciting technology to fast track outcomes and save lives from prostate cancer.
Prof Brooks research is just steps away from translation into clinical practice which means patients are very close to being able to access this innovative work.
Best of all, this research will not just fight prostate cancer but will be applicable to many other cancers – to save lives of thousands of Australians suffering from the terrible disease.
It’s clear from the image that the new scanner is far superior to the one currently in use which will fast-track the research to help to reduce unnecessary surgery for prostate cancer and improve treatment outcomes.
More accurate testing for prostate cancer will help the men in your life, as well as having a far-reaching impact on many Australian men. Men like Paul Fennel.
You or someone you love may be able to relate directly to Paul’s experience. He is thankful he was vigilant with his health after being diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 57.
“When I was diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching and reading other men’s experiences through online community forums, and unfortunately I would read about men who are in their 50s, 40s and even 30s who are living with prostate cancer. It’s a terrible disease,” he said.
“Like many other men diagnosed with prostate cancer I didn’t have any symptoms for my cancer. We’re lucky research has improved current diagnostic tools and it will only continue to do so.”